M-I due for trash pickup changes

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Citizens in Monmouth and Independence may get an enhanced -- and slightly more expensive -- garbage collection service next year.



MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Citizens in Monmouth and Independence may get an enhanced -- and slightly more expensive -- garbage collection service next year.

A task force comprised of officials from the two cities are recommending a change that would see the average cost for weekly service increase from $15.10 a month to $19.83.

Instead of Brandt's Sanitary Service customers using their own receptacles and small company recycling boxes, however, residents would be issued a 35-gallon wheeled container for trash, and a 96-gallon unit for recycling.

The new cost would cover the needed capital investments for Brandt's to modify its trucks to pick up the new carts from the street.

Monmouth City Manager Scott McClure said the changes are based on surveys conducted in the respective towns earlier this year.

About half of the 526 respondents in Monmouth said some type of change was needed in Brandt's current service offering, though the level of that service varied.

Twenty-one percent of respondents in Monmouth and 35 percent in Independence said they were happy with Brandt's and wanted no change, the survey said.

A proposal for curbside yard-debris pickup will be examined at a later date, McClure said.

The two city councils would have to create uniform service standards and adopt them within the coming months, he said. A decision is needed as the towns are trying to establish a new, long-term franchise agreement with Brandt's.



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